59 days in Albania Itinerary

59 days in Albania Itinerary

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Fly to Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Drive to Shkoder
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Shkoder
— 5 nights
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Korce
— 6 nights
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Permet
— 6 nights
Drive
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Gjirokaster
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saranda
— 7 nights
Shuttle
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Vlore
— 6 nights
Drive
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Berat
— 6 nights
Drive
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Lushnje
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tirana
— 11 nights
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Shkoder

— 5 nights
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shkoder: Valbona Pass (in Bajram Curri) and Lezhe (Lezhe Castle & Skenderbeg Tomb). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle, relax and rejuvenate at Elixir Spa, take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, and view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shkoder day trip planning site.

Salt Lake City, USA to Shkoder is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Shkoder. In January, Shkoder is somewhat warmer than Salt Lake City - with highs of 49°F and lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Korce.

Things to do in Shkoder

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Korce

— 6 nights
Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Korce: Pogradec (National Park of Drilon, Pogradec Castle, &more) and St. Nicholas Church (in Moscopole). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Medieval Art, see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iljaz Mirahori Mosque, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Korca Brewery.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Korce tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Shkoder to Korce by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Permet.

Things to do in Korce

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Permet

— 6 nights
Përmet is a town and a municipality in Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Fir of Hotova National Park. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Benja Thermal Baths, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tekke of Baba Aliu, and get great views at Guri i Qytetit.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Permet using our trip planner.

You can drive from Korce to Permet in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Korce to Permet. January in Permet sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Permet

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Gjirokaster

— 5 nights

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Skenduli House as well as Gjirokaster. Step out of Gjirokaster with an excursion to Kisha e Labovës së Kryqit in Labove e Siperme--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature&joy, contemplate the long history of Zekate House, make a trip to Gjirokastra Bazaar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gjirokaster Mosque.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gjirokaster day trip site.

You can drive from Permet to Gjirokaster in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. You will leave for Saranda on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Saranda

— 7 nights
A popular summer destination for its inexpensive accommodation and stony Mediterranean beaches, Saranda has become a favorite of both Albanian and foreign travelers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saranda: Bunec Beach (in Piqeras), Lukova Beach (in Lukove) and Himare (The Castle of Himara, Monastery of Saint Mary Athaliotisa, &more). The adventure continues: take a memorable excursion with Saranda Jeep, contemplate the long history of Synagogue Complex, take an in-depth tour of Sarande Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Kalaja e Borshit.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saranda route planner.

You can drive from Gjirokaster to Saranda in 1.5 hours. January in Saranda sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Vlore.

Things to do in Saranda

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Vlore

— 6 nights
Vlorë is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. Explore Vlore's surroundings by going to Orikum Archaeological Park (in Orikum), Apollonia Archaeological Park (in Pojan) and Dhermi (Extreme Illyricum & Pirate's Cave). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Blue Eye, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Independence, pause for some photo ops at Muradie Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Ali Pasha Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vlore day trip planning site.

Take a shuttle from Saranda to Vlore in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saranda in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Vlore, with lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Berat.

Things to do in Vlore

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Berat

— 6 nights

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Explore Berat's surroundings by going to Osum Canyon (Kanioni i Osumit) (in Corovode) and Gramsh (Liqeni i Dushkut, Holta Canyon, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Berat Castle, don't miss a visit to Bulevardi Republika, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church.

Plan a Berat trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Vlore to Berat takes 2 hours. In February in Berat, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lushnje.

Things to do in Berat

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Lushnje

— 5 nights
Lushnjë is a city in west-central Albania. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lushnje: Laguna e Karavastase (in Divjake), Church of St Mary (in Fier) and Ardenica Monastery (in Ardenice). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Parku Kombetar Divjake-Karavasta. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Spille Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at The General's Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lushnje trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Berat to Lushnje takes an hour. You will leave for Tirana on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Lushnje

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Tirana

— 11 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tirana: Kruje (Ethnographic Museum of Kruja & Kruja Castle), Statue of George W. Bush (in Fushe Kruje) and Preza Castle (in Fushe Preze). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Skanderbeg Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, pause for some photo ops at Skanderbeg Statue, and stroll around Grand Park (Parku i Madh).

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lushnje to Tirana takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in February, and nighttime lows around 39°F. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.